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Top 10 Amazon book bestsellers of 2020 so far – print and Kindle

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Amazon print and Kindle bestsellers of 2020 so far

Looking for new books to read? Instead of titles picked by editors or reviewers, find out how readers vote with their wallets.

Twice a year (in June and December), Amazon editors announce their picks for The Best Book of the Year. It’s a great source of fresh books for summer and Christmas, as it highlights interesting new titles that would otherwise not get enough attention.

Another book recommendation tool are bestseller lists. We love exploring them. They reflect what titles and topics readers are currently interested in.

Amazon’s annual Top 100 bestseller lists for books, Kindle ebooks, sings, and video games include items with the highest number of sales since the beginning of the year. Usually, the titles which are on the list in summer, stay here till the end of the year.

Print bestsellers Kindle bestsellers

Below, you will find Top 10 Amazon book bestsellers lists – both for print and Kindle editions – together with average rating, number of ratings, main category, and simplified blurbs. Comparing print and Kindle bestseller lists helps learn which are the hottest topics, but also how reading habits evolve.

Print book bestsellers 2020 so far – highlights

The Top 100 list of print book bestsellers on Amazon is a solid source of books for children, cookbooks, and books you can give as gifts.

Year by year, the list of print bestsellers is more and more populated by children’s literature, biographies, and self-help books, while novels dominate the Kindle list.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo - top Amazon book bestsellers 2020

The 6th place is occupied by White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. The book that allows us to understand racism and describes how white fragility develops and protects racial inequality, has jumped to the Top 100 Amazon book bestsellers list within a week!

The top 10 includes Amazon’s hottest and most promoted new release, the unexpected prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The new book opens with a young Coriolanus Snow preparing to mentor the underdog tribute during the reaping for the 10th annual Hunger Games.

Top 10 print

Kindle ebook bestsellers 2020 so far – highlights

The list is so much different from other book bestseller rankings. Top 10 is dominated by Kindle Unlimited eligible books – the books that are available only on Amazon, and are usually not known to users of other online bookstores. It’s a great way to discover new books in your favorite genre, even if you don’t have the Kindle Unlimited subscription yet.

The Bad Seed by Jory John - Amazon best selling books of 2020

It’s worth noting that during the coronavirus pandemic many parents were buying books to read together with their kids, naming only Jory John’s The Bad Seed.

Also, two popular books available in Amazon Prime Reading (a service that gives access to a rotating list of 1-3 thousand digital books and magazines) have also entered the Top 10. One is the first book in the Harry Potter series, the other one is Stephen R. Covey’s business & money classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Top 10 Kindle

Book bestsellers of 2020 so far – the ultimate list

Amazon print book bestsellers of 2020

1. Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - Amazon print book bestsellers of 2020 so far

Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl.

But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.

Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Category: Coming of Age Fiction
Number of ratings: 49,532

Average rating: 4.8/5

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2. My First Learn-to-Write Workbook

My First Learn to Write Workbook by Crystal Radke - Amazon book bestsellers of 2020 so far

Crystal Radke

Set kids up to succeed in school with a fantastic guide that teaches them letters, shapes, and numbers – and makes it fun.

My First Learn-to-Write Workbook introduces your early writer to proper pen control, steady line tracing, new words, and more with dozens of exercises that will engage their minds and boost their reading and writing comprehension skills.

The books will help your kids enjoy “build writing muscles.” During these activities, kids will use their pencil to follow paths and draw different shapes, so they build their fine motor skills.

Practice makes perfect! You can keep the writing going with almost 80 full pages worth of practice space.

Category: Children’s Coloring Books
Number of ratings: 3,049

Average rating: 4.8/5

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3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins - 2020 Amazon book bestsellers so far

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins returns with this spring’s most anticipated book – a spin-off and prequel to The Hunger Games, one of the world’s biggest bestsellers of all time. This time, she twists the perspective by 180 degrees – and tells the story of the tyrannical dictator of Panem.

On the morning of the reaping that will initiate the 10th annual Hunger Games, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor. And with his once-rich and respected family falling on hard times, there’s a lot at stake.

But the odds are not in his favor. He has been given the single most humiliating task: mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. With their fates now completely intertwined, every choice young Snow makes could lead to glory… or a devastating defeat.

Category: Young Adult Dystopian
Number of ratings: 1,056

Average rating: 4.4/5

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4. Untamed

Untamed by Glennon Doyle - top Amazon book bestsellers

Glennon Doyle

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.

And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest instincts.

Category: Christian Self Help
Number of ratings: 2,149

Average rating: 4.7/5

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5. Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng - top Amazon bestselling books of the year 2020

Celeste Ng

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, comes a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother, who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

Category: Family Life Fiction
Number of ratings: 10,527

Average rating: 4.4/5

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6. White Fragility

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo - top Amazon book bestsellers 2020

Robin DiAngelo

In this essentially important book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and allows us to understand racism.

Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Category: Discrimination & Racism
Number of ratings: 1,733

Average rating: 4.3/5

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7. School Zone – Big Preschool Workbook

Big Preschool Workbook by Joan Hoffman - Amazon book bestsellers 2020

Joan Hoffman & School Zone

Big Preschool Workbook has 300+ colorful exercises that make learning fun! An A+ adventure unfolds, as kids encounter sensational squares and rocking rectangles, a giant newt reading the newspaper and a dinosaur playing the drums.

Bold, bright colors and illustrations ease little ones into learning without feeling overwhelmed. Lessons focus on must-know readiness basics, and help little ones learn colors, shapes, the alphabet letters, primary phonics, and pre-writing skills.

With the colorful and kid friendly illustrations and easy directions and visual clues, this preschool workbook is fun and easy to use.

Category: Children’s Activity Books
Number of ratings:6,879

Average rating: 4.8/5

⇢ Print

8. If Animals Kissed Good Night

If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul - top Amazon book bestsellers of 2020

Ann Whitford Paul

What if animals did what you do? This bestselling story imagines how animals would kiss their loved ones good night!

If animals kissed good night like we do… how would they do it? Giraffe and his calf would stretch their necks high, Wolf and his pup would kiss and then HOWL, and Sloth and her baby would move sooooo sloooowwwww. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would share love in a unique way.

Don’t miss the other books in this adorable series: If Animals Said I Love You, If Animals Celebrated Christmas, and If Animals Went to School!

Category: Children’s Parents Books
Number of ratings: 6,070

Average rating: 4.8/5

⇢ Print

9. American Dirt

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - top Amazon bestselling books of 2020 so far

Jeanine Cummins

The No. 1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Pick is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page.

Forced to flee a drug-cartel in Acapulco, Lydia Quixano Pérez and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. As they join the countless people trying to cross the US-Mexico border Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times,” Jeanine Cummins’s novel is an extraordinary exploration into the hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Category: Psychological Thrillers
Number of ratings: 3,506

Average rating: 4.5/5

⇢ Print

10. Magnolia Table, Volume 2

Magnolia Table, Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines - Amazon book bestsellers 2020

Joanna Gaines

Following the launch of her bestselling cookbook, Magnolia Table, Joanna Gaines gained a deeper commitment to the value of food being shared.

Magnolia Table, Volume 2 is filled with 145 new recipes from her own home that she shares with husband Chip and their five kids, and from the couple’s restaurant, Magnolia Table; Silos Baking Co; and new coffee shop, Magnolia Press.

From breakfast to dinner, plus breads, soups, and sides, Magnolia Table, Volume 2 gives readers abundant reasons to gather together.

The book is beautifully photographed and filled with dishes you’ll want to bring into your own home!

Category: Seasonal Cooking
Number of ratings: 1,098

Average rating: 4.8/5

⇢ Print

Check out the complete list of Top 100 Amazon book bestsellers of 2020.

Top 10 Amazon Kindle bestsellers of 2020

Amazon Kindle ebook bestsellers of 2020

1. Last Day

Last Day by Luanne Rice - Amazon Kindle bestsellers 2020

Luanne Rice

From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss.

Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.

Now, when Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu.

Kate and Reid struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight?

Category: Thrillers
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 4,130

Average rating: 4.3/5

⇢ Kindle

2. In an Instant

In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn - Amazon Kindle bestsellers of 2020

Suzanne Redfearn

Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive.

Impossible choices are made, decisions that leave the survivors tormented with grief and regret. Unable to let go, Finn keeps vigil as they struggle to reclaim their shattered lives.

Heartrending yet ultimately redemptive, In an Instant is a story about the power of love, the meaning of family, and carrying on… even when it seems impossible.

Category: Women’s Literary Fiction
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 5,469

Average rating: 4.7/5

⇢ Kindle

3. Thief River Falls

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman - 2020 Amazon Kindle bestsellers so far

Brian Freeman

Lisa Power is a tortured ghost of her former self. She is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the loss of her entire family: a series of tragedies she calls the “Dark Star.”

Then a nameless runaway boy shows up at her door with a terrifying story: he’s just escaped death after witnessing a brutal murder – a crime the police want to cover up.

Lisa and her young visitor have nowhere to go as the trap closes around them. Still under the strange, unforgiving threat of the Dark Star, Lisa must find a way to save them both, or they’ll become the victims of another shocking tragedy she can’t foresee.

Category: Psychological Thrillers
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 5,751

Average rating: 4.4/5

⇢ Kindle

4. When We Believed in Mermaids

When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara ONeal - top 10 Kindle book bestsellers of 2020 so far

Barbara O’Neal

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed.

Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable.

After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.

Category: Contemporary Romance Fiction
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 6,962

Average rating: 4.6/5

⇢ Kindle

5. The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed by Jory John - Amazon best selling books of 2020

Jory John

He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be – happy?

With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you.

Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

Category: Children’s Books
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 4,556

Average rating: 4.7/5

⇢ Kindle

6. When I Was You

When I Was You by Minka Kent - Amazon Kindle bestsellers 2020

Minka Kent

After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. She suffers from debilitating headaches and memory loss.

One day she stumbles across evidence that someone else is living as… her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger.

What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. With her fragile mind close to shattering, Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim.

Category: Psychological Fiction
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 3,237

Average rating: 4.4/5

⇢ Kindle

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - Kindle bestellers of 2020 so far

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter series is on the list Top 100 Kindle bestsellers since it became available in Kindle Unlimited.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Category: Teen & Young Adult Fiction
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 23,051

Average rating: 4.8/5

⇢ Kindle

8. The Girl Beneath the Sea

The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne - Kindle bestsellers 2020

Andrew Mayne

Coming from scandalous Florida treasure hunters and drug smugglers, Sloan McPherson is forging her own path, for herself and for her daughter, out from under her family’s shadow. An auxiliary officer for Lauderdale Shores PD, she’s the go-to diver for evidence recovery.

Then Sloan finds a fresh kill floating in a canal – a woman whose murky history collides with Sloan’s. Their troubling ties are making Sloan less a potential witness than a suspect. And her colleagues aren’t the only ones following every move she makes. So is the killer.

Stalked by an assassin, pitted against a ruthless cartel searching for a lost fortune, and under watch within her ranks, Sloan has only one ally: the legendary DEA agent who put Sloan’s uncle behind bars.

Category: Sea Adventures Fiction
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 2,026

Average rating: 4.5/5

⇢ Kindle

9. If You Tell

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen - top 2020 Kindle bestsellers

Gregg Olsen

After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle’s talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now.

For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined.

Even as others were drawn into their mother’s dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders.

Category: Biographies of Serial Killers
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 8,332

Average rating: 4.4/5

⇢ Kindle

10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey - top Kindle book bestsellers of 2020 so far

Stephen R. Covey

This classic self-help book has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students.

In short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits book. And, it can transform you.

The edition that’s available in Prime Reading is full of highly readable and understandable infographics. You will learn how to be proactive, how to put first things first, think win-win, and begin with the end in mind.

Category: Business & Money
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Number of ratings: 7,291

Average rating: 4.6/5

⇢ Kindle

Here is the full list of Top 100 Amazon Kindle bestsellers of 2020.

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Where can I find book bestsellers

Amazon Charts – Innovative bestsellers lists that are updated weekly and include the latest trending books across all reading formats: print, Kindle, audiobooks, and digital subscriptions. The charts will let you quickly spot the most popular titles, based not only on sales but also user statistics, such as the speed of reading or number of pre-orders.

Current Amazon book bestsellers – Every major category in the Amazon store comes with the list of the bestselling items. The lists get updated a few times a day, so they are a good tool to check out which books are currently the hottest. The lists, both for print and Kindle books, are split into genres and subcategories, down to the lowest level.

New York Times Bestsellers – Amazon runs special sections that feature the books that made it to weekly bestsellers lists by The New York Times. The NYT lists can be found in both print and Kindle sections. We link to the second directory, as it showcases the combined charts (print+ebook) for fiction and nonfiction.

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